First Presbyterian Church of Villa Rica
Order for the Worship of God
SUNDAY, June 13th, 2021, 11 AM
At Church and Online
(Live Stream and Online Bulletin)
8:30 AM Worship Service Cancelled UFN
9:30 AM Gathering Grounds Cancelled UFN (In Fellowship Hall —coffee, donuts)
Nursery 10 AM to 12 PM
10 AM Sunday School for all ages
11 AM Worship Services
COVID protocols are no longer required, however please respect physical distancing for anyone who chooses to wear a mask.
GATHERING OF GOD’S PEOPLE
“Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.” – Deuteronomy 4:10
(As we prepare our hearts for worship let us quiet our hearts and our cell phones.)
Sermon: “Finishing Strong”
Bulletin/Order of Worship
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
(All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version, ESV, unless otherwise noted.)
Worship through Hymn of Thanksgiving
“Crown Him with Many Crowns” (295)
Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne;
hark! how the heav’nly anthem drowns
all music but its own:
awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.
Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified:
no angel in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends his burning eye
at mysteries so bright.
Crown him the Lord of peace;
whose pow’r a scepter sways
from pole to pole, that wars may cease,
absorbed in prayer and praise:
his reign shall know no end;
and round his pierced feet
fair flow’rs of paradise extend
their fragrance ever sweet.
Crown him the Lord of years,
the Potentate of time;
Creator of the rolling spheres,
all hail, Redeemer, hail!
for thou hast died for me:
thy praise shall never, never fail
Worship through Psalter Reading
Psalm 113 (Page 826)
Praise the Lord.
Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.
The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the
heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes, with the princes of their people.
He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children.
Praise the Lord.
Psalm 114 (Page 827)
When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
The sea looked and fled, the Jordan turned back;
the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
Why was it, O sea, that you fled, O Jordan, that you turned back,
you mountains, that you skipped like rams, you hills, like lambs?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water.
Worship Through Songs of Praise:
“Ancient of Days“
Blessing and honor, glory and power
Be unto the Ancient of Days
From every nation, all of creation
Bow before the Ancient of Days
Every tongue in heaven and earth shall declare Your glory
Every knee shall bow at Your throne in worship
You will be exalted, oh God
And Your kingdom shall not pass away
O Ancient of Days
Your kingdom shall reign over all the earth
Sing unto the Ancient of Days
For none can compare to Your matchless worth
Sing unto the Ancient of Days
O Ancient of Days
O Ancient of Days
Wonderful so wonderful is Your unfailing love
Your cross has spoken mercy over me
No eye has seen no ear has heard
No heart could fully know
How glorious how beautiful You are
Beautiful One I love
Beautiful One I adore
Beautiful One my soul must sing
Powerful so powerful Your glory fills the skies
Your mighty works displayed for all to see
The beauty of Your majesty awakes my heart to sing
How marvelous how wonderful You are
You opened my eyes to Your wonders anew
You captured my heart with this love
‘Cause nothing on earth is as beautiful as You
WORSHIP THROUGH TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Children Released to Children’s Church
Worship through Exposition of God’s Word: Reverend Mike DeLozier
Sermon: “Finishing Strong”
Reverend Thomas Myers
Hebrews 3: 1-19
Jesus Greater Than Moses
3 Therefore, holy brothers,[a] you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s[b] house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.[c]
A Rest for the People of God
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
on the day of testing in the wilderness,
9 where your fathers put me to the test
and saw my works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
they have not known my ways.’
11 As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest.’”
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
Worship through Hymn of Commitment:
498. “Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners!”
Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! lover of my soul;
friends may fail me, foes assail me,
he, my Savior, makes me whole.
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
he is with me to the end.
Jesus! what a strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in him;
tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
he, my strength, my vict’ry wins.
Jesus! what a help in sorrow!
While the billows o’er me roll,
even when my heart is breaking,
he, my comfort, helps my soul.
Jesus! what a guide and keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
storms about me, night o’ertakes me,
he, my pilot, hears my cry.
Jesus! I do now receive him,
more than all in him I find;
he hath granted me forgiveness,
I am his, and he is mine.
Doxology: Hymn #731
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heav’ly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
THIS WEEK AND UPCOMING EVENTS
GATHERING GROUNDS (Cancelled UFA)
Please join us in the fellowship hall Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:00 am for coffee and donuts.
SMALL GROUPS TODAY:
Whittle/Dickinson Group is meeting at 5:00 pm outside at the Dickinson home. Providing hamburgers and sausages, providing buns, condiments and watermelon. Veggies, salad or dessert appreciated!! Visitors welcome!
Mitchell/Forlaw Group Please check email or see Ron Mitchell or Michael Forlaw for today’s meeting information.
Calling all Olympians! Join us as we go the distance with Joshua, the great champion of the Bible who points us to Jesus!
July 11-15 from 6-8 pm
Registration Forms on Back Table in Sanctuary
Please join us for a baby shower for Michelle Griffin on June 13th @ 12:30 in the Fellowship
building. Michelle is having TWINS, a boy and a girl! She is registered at Amazon.com, or gift cards and all diapers are welcomed EXCEPT Huggies.
Please RSVP Donna Lisenby at email@example.com or 770-459-3922. If you would like to bring a salad or dessert, please let Donna know. All ladies are welcome to attend.
Please complete the prayer request form in the right margin of this page, or if on your phone, scroll to the bottom of the page to find the form. There are also index cards next to the bulletins on the tables in the back. Pastor Tom would like to know how he can pray for you. You may enter your request in the form on this page, put them in the offering box, or hand them to Pastor Tom.
(Please Stand As Able)
HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS
Wednesdays at 7 PM, Watch for an email with the link or call the church office for info.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays at 10am, PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
A 16 week Precept Bible study on the book of Acts
began Wednesday, Feb 3 at 10 am.
Anyone interested may call Debby Morgan at
678-463-7368 for details on how to order a study book.
Baptism of Nolan Whittle (son of Matt & Ariel Whittle).
Kingdom Outreach: See our Missions and Outreach Page
What is Happening this Week, this Month? Visit our This Week page.
A YEAR IN TABLETALK
You are invited to join us in reading through Tabletalk devotions for the year of 2021. January’s edition will be available by the offering box in the Sanctuary. You can purchase a subscription by calling 1-800-435-4343 or by visiting the Table Talk website. You can also begin a free subscription through the website.
Continue to pray and encourage one another.1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
(The Bible itself being the only Living, Infallible, Sufficient, and Authoritative rule of faith and practice.)
CHAPTER XIX of the Westminster Confession of Faith in Modern English
Of the Law of God
1. God gave Adam a law, in the form of a covenant of works, by which he bound him and all his descendants to
personal, entire, exact, and perpetual obedience. He promised life if Adam kept the law and threatened death if
he broke it. Moreover, he endowed Adam with power and ability to keep that law.
2. This law, after Adam fell, continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness and, as such, was given by God
upon Mount Sinai, in ten commandments written on two stone tablets. The first four commandments contain
our duty to God, and the other six our duty to man.
3. In addition to this law, commonly called the moral law, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel- as the
church under age- ceremonial laws, which contained several typological ordinances.These ordinances consisted
partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings, and benefits, and partly presenting various
instructions of moral duties. All of these ceremonial laws are now abrogated under the New Testament.
4. To the people of Israel, as a civil entity, he also gave various judicial laws which expired at the time their
State expired. Therefore, these judicial laws place no obligation upon anyone now, except as they embody
general principles of justice.
5. The moral law binds all people at all times to obedience, both those who are justified and those who are not.
The obligation to obey the moral law is not only because of its content, but also because of the authority of God
the Creator, who gave it. In the Gospel, Christ in no way dissolves this obligation, but greatly strengthens it.
6. Although true believers are not under the law as a covenant of works by which they are justified or
condemned, nevertheless the law is of great use to them as well as to others. By informing them- as a rule of
life- both of the will of God and of their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly. It also reveals to
them the sinful pollutions of their nature, hearts, and lives.Therefore, when they examine themselves in the light
of the law, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred of sin, together with a clearer
view of their need of Christ and the perfection of his obedience.The law is also useful to the regenerate because,
by forbidding sin, it restrains their corruptions. By its threats it shows them what their sins deserve, and,
although they are free from the curse threatened in the law, it shows the afflictions that they may expect because
of them in this life. The promises of the law likewise show to the regenerate God’s approval of obedience and
the blessings they may expect from as they obey the law, although these blessings are not due to them by the
law as a covenant of works. Therefore, the fact that a man does good and rather than evil because the law
encourages good and discourages evil is no evidence that the man is under the law rather than under grace.
7. These uses of the law mentioned do not conflict with the grace of the gospel, but are in complete harmony
with it; for it is the Spirit of Christ who subdues and enables the will of man to do freely and cheerfully those
things which the will of God, revealed in the law, requires.
Dear Believers of First Pres. Villa Rica,
COVID restrictions are cancelled, however please respect physical distancing from anyone wearing a mask. If someone is wearing a mask, they either would like protection by masking and physical distancing, or they may be protecting others. Either way, please respect the person by respecting mask.
0830-0930 Worship 1 CANCELLED UFN
0930-1000 Break / Fellowship CANCELLED UFN
1000-1045 Sunday School
1100-1200 Worship 2 (Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall), , plus online live-stream: Masks encouraged indoors until seated, physical distancing is also encouraged.
We thank the Lord for His faithfulness to us and for His hand of protection. Thank you for your support, encouragement and love for each other during these challenging times.
May we continue to labor together in love for the sake of the gospel and God’s kingdom,
8:30-9:30 Cancelled UFN: Worship One (Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall – Masks Required, also Live-streamed)
9:30-10:00 Cancelled UFN: Gathering Grounds: Break/Fellowship
10:00-10:45 Sunday School (Adult and Children) Nursery Provided
11:00-12:00 Worship Two (Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall, plus live-stream, Mask encouraged until seated)
Children’s Church (Large Classroom)
COVID restrictions no longer required, however, if someone is wearing a mask, please respect physical distancing.
If you or your child have flu-like symptoms or a fever, please stay home.
We thank you for your prayers, for the willingness you have shown to be diligent in worship, and for your support of FPCVR.
Prayerfully, The Session
Westminster Confession of Faith in Modern English Chapter 11 – Justification
1. Those whom God effectually calls he also freely justifies. He does not pour righteousness into them but pardons their sins and looks on them and accepts them as if they were righteous—not because of anything worked in them or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone. He does not consider their faith itself, the act of believing, as their righteousness or any other obedient response to the gospel on their part. Rather, he imputes to them the obedience and judicial satisfaction earned by Christ. For their part, they receive and rest on Christ and his righteousness by faith (and this faith is not their own but is itself a gift of God).
2. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the only means of justification. In the person justified, however, it is always accompanied by all the other saving graces and is not a dead faith, but works by love.
3. By his obedience and death Christ completely discharged the debt of all those who are so justified, and he made the correct, real, and full satisfaction to his Father’s justice on their behalf. Since Christ was voluntarily given by the Father for them, and since his obedience and satisfaction were accepted in their place and not for anything in them, their justification is the result only of his free grace—so that both the perfect justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.
4. God did, from all eternity, decree to justify all the elect,l and Christ did, in the fullness of time, die for their sins, and rise again for their justification: nevertheless, they are not justified, until the Holy Spirit doth, in due time, actually apply Christ unto them.
5. God doth continue to forgive the sins of those that are justified; and, although they can never fall from the state of justification,p yet they may, by their sins, fall under God’s fatherly displeasure, and not have the light of his countenance restored unto them, until they humble themselves, confess their sins, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentance.
6. The justification of believers under the Old Testament was in all these respects identical with the justification of believers under the New Testament.
Shorter Catechism Q&A 33
Q: What is justification?
A: Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins, and accepteth us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.